The search for meaning

Came across this video from the inspiring psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl. Speaking 40 years ago, he shares thoughts on the human search for meaning still very much relevant today.

If youve got time, it really is worth watching the video.


This passage in particular is very moving, as he moves from a story about flying lessons to advice on how to help people achieve their potential:


If you don't recognise a young mans search for meaning, you make him worse, you make him dull, you make him frustrated, you still add and contribute to his frustration.


If you presuppose in this so-called criminal or juvenile delinquent or drug abuser and so forth, there must be a spark in the search for meaning.


Lets recognise this, lets presuppose it, and then you will elicit it from him. You will make him become what he is, in principal, capable of becoming.

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